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People’s Candidate Forum – Defeat Poverty

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director

DC The District’s primary election is soon upon us. The vote is being held in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The reality in the District is that:

  •  one in every five people and one in every three children live in poverty, 
  •  the recession is lingering in low-income communities causing real suffering, 
  •  unemployment rates among African American and Latino District residents rival rates during the great depression and, 
  •  the social safety-net has suffered from budget cuts.

One could imagine that these issues would dominate the election. However, the candidates for Mayor and other offices have said little and offered few specifics about how they will address this crisis. Defeat Poverty DC is organizing an alternative to the typical candidate forum. This forum will provide residents an opportunity to voice their views — to make proposals that they wish the candidates had made.

Date & Time:    September 13, 2010 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:           Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th Street NW (5th & K), Washington, DC
RSVP:                  Liz at Kendig@cbpp.org

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